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Annie Dillard


An American writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she received the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Her additional notable works consist of An American Child years, For the moment, as well as the Maytrees. She analyzed creative composing at Hollins University in Southwest Virginia. In 1974, she released her debut function, a poetry collection known as Tickets for any Prayer Steering wheel. She released a 1982 article collection entitled Teaching a Rock to Chat. Her first spouse, poet R. H. W. Dillard, have been her teacher at Hollins University. Following the separation of her 1st relationship, she wed historic biographer Robert D. Richardson. She was affected by writer Henry James.

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Full Name Annie Dillard
Date Of Birth April 30, 1945
Place Of Birth Pittsburgh, PA
Profession Non-Fiction Author
Education Hollins University
Nationality American
Spouse R. H. W. Dillard, Robert D. Richardson
Children Cody Rose
Parents Frank Doak, Pam Doak
Awards Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada, Ambassador Book Award for American Arts and Letters
Nominations PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Star Sign Taurus

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The Tree with the Lights in It2007Short novel "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"

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1How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives.
2On spirit: Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.
3On spirit: Innocence is the spirit's self-conscious state at any moment of pure devotion to any object.
4On art: How can people think that artists seek a name? A name, like a face, is something you have when you're not alone. There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world lit or unlit as the light allows. When the candle is burning, who looks at the wick? When the candle is out, who needs it? But the world without light is wasteland and chaos...
5On love: There are no events but thoughts and the heart's hard turning, the heart's slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.
6On writing: When you write you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner's pick, a woodcarver's gouge, a surgeon's probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year....

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